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c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets
  • c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets

c1860 Punch and Judy Theatre with Puppets

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£7,500.00


Product Description

A mid 19th century Original Punch and Judy wood theatre with printed decoration, including the Victorian Royal Coat of Arms, 10 carved and painted puppets and various props. Notably, the collection also includes the older puppets: the Devil (later removed for younger audiences) and the Beadle (who was later replaced by the constable).

Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular puppet show featuring the characters of Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the anarchic Punch and one other character.

The Punch and Judy show can trace its origin to the 16th-century Italian commedia dell'arte movement. The figure of Punch derives from the Neapolitan stock character of Pulcinella, (later anglicised to Punchinello), he is a manifestation of the Lord of Misrule and the Trickster figures of deep-rooted mythologies. Punch's wife was originally called "Joan".

The first recorded appearance of Punch and Judy in England was on the 9th of May, 1662. The diarist Samuel Pepys observed a marionette show featuring an early version of the Punch character in Covent Garden in London. Performed by an Italian puppet showman, Pietro Gimonde, or "Signor Bologna", Pepys described the event in his diary as "an Italian puppet play that is within the rails there, which is very pretty." In the British Punch and Judy show, Punch wears a brightly coloured jester's motley and sugarloaf hat with a tassel. He is a hunch-back, whose hooked nose almost meets his curved, jutting chin. He carries a stick as large as himself, which he freely uses upon most of the other characters in the show. A substantial change came over time to the show's target audience. Originally intended for adults, the show evolved into primarily a children's entertainment in the late Victorian era. The once prominent members of the show's cast like the Devil and Punch's mistress "Pretty Polly", ceased to be included, as they were considered inappropriate for young audiences.

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